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NCAA grants ANOTHER waiver for immediate eligibility

The NCAA is handing out instant-eligibility waivers like hotcakes.

After granting three more waivers over the last 48 hours, the NCAA granted yet another one this week, as Rodney Howard of Georgia Tech has been declared eligible for the 2020-21.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports broke the news this afternoon:

Howard, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound center out of Alpharetta, Ga., put his name in the transfer portal back on March 19 and announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on March 24.

Four months later, the former Georgia Bulldog has received confirmation that he will be able to suit up for Josh Pastner and the Yellow Jackets this season.

“Again, we’re grateful that the NCAA has allowed Rodney to play right away, and thankful to our compliance staff for their time and effort in the process,” Pastner said in a statement. “Rodney gives our frontcourt a big boost. His best basketball is ahead of him, and in time, he’ll be a really good player. He’s a physical guy, a straight 5-man. He runs the floor hard, he’s a good screener, and he’s not afraid of physical contact in the post.”

As a freshman at Georgia, the 245-pound big man saw action in 24 games, starting two, and played an average of 7.3 minutes per game while averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Yesterday, Southern Utah’s Aanen Moody and North Florida’s Alonde LeGrand both received their waivers and will be allowed to play right away this season, while Ian Steere of UNC Wilmington received his waiver on Monday.

As the NCAA continues to hand out waivers for transfers this offseason, momentum continues to shift in Kentucky’s direction regarding Olivier Sarr and his quest for immediate eligibility.

While all cases are different, it’s clear the NCAA is wanting to do right by the players this offseason and grant the majority of reasonable requests.

Will Sarr receive similar good news in the near future?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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23 Comments for NCAA grants ANOTHER waiver for immediate eligibility



  1. Wildfelinebeeline
    3:38 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Free Olivier!



  2. CJKAssassin123
    3:49 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Probably not, but he probably will get the wavier after he appeals the decision.
    The thing about that is is there’s a good chance if he gets denied that he won’t seek and appeal and instead he’ll just declare for the draft now that he can.



    • Wildfelinebeeline
      3:54 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe, maybe not.



    • mashburnfan1
      4:13 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      His argument holds no merit so maybe he should not get cleared. He can now go to the draft which was a huge part of his case. All these other cases being shown to stir bbn up we have no idea what their cases were based on.



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:40 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Most of them were based on coronavirus, wanting to closer to home



    • Soylentbeans
      6:12 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Madhav how does his arguement hold no merit?



    • Soylentbeans
      6:13 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      *mashburn



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:06 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      It has just as much merit as Juzang’s reason (PT, homesick).



  3. Kywildcats09
    4:15 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    I find it hard to even talk about this stuff when the chances a season are played are next to 0



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:40 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      There’ll be a college basketball season people.



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:42 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      If we’re going to get football in some fashion, then we’re going to get basketball in some fashion. The NCAA won’t rest bankruptcy by cancelling another NCAA tournament.



  4. Headhurts
    5:00 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    If wake forest gave him their best wishes and encouraged the NCAA to grant him the waiver which we’re told they did then it’s a matter of time, sit tight.



  5. BobbyBlue
    5:05 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert has already achieved one of his objectives by dragging this out until it is no longer possible for Cal to find a capable replacement for Sarr, when he is denied.



    • az1006
      5:16 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Two things: All of the guys that have been granted waivers recently entered the transfer portal in March. Sarr didn’t enter the portal until May. Completely understandable that if guys that applied for waivers 4 months ago are just now getting their responses, Sarr’s would take a little time.

      Secondly, I’d bet the farm that Emmert has absolutely nothing to do with the waiver applications.



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:43 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Very good point!!! az1006



    • Megan
      1:13 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      az1006 – Making sensible observations will get you nowhere.



  6. az1006
    5:09 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    His argument actually does hold merit, considering the draft rule hadn’t been altered at the time of his waiver application. It’s sort of like a grandfather clause, so to speak. Besides, these other guys getting their waivers granted don’t have an argument at all…Juzang was granted immediate eligibility and his only argument was to move closer to home. In years past, that didn’t cut it. With the way things are going, it would be a shock (and quite sad for him, actually) if the waiver isn’t granted. Besides, at this point he wouldn’t even be able to go to the NBA Combine, which would also hurt his chances at getting drafted, even if he were able to enter the draft later. So, his argument is still a good one.



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:46 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      well his juice things argument wasn’t exactly to be close to home it also had a lot to do with coronavirus concerns as to why he wanted to go closer to home. The NCAA is taking the Coronavirus very very seriously. However everything else you said does hold some merit.



    • Racerr11
      6:35 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

      There will be a college basketball season, mark it down.



  7. CJKAssassin123
    5:47 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    **Juzang’s** not **juice things**



    • Megan
      1:15 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Ha! I like juice things.



  8. Racerr11
    6:36 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Sarr will be eligible to play at the Gold standard of college basketball.



  9. Lip Man 1
    10:49 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    They may be football is some fashion but probably not until the spring. I do think they’ll be CBB but not until January and only conference games.

    Things are getting worse and worse across the country… now add in cool / cold weather and the flu and its going to get a hell of a lot worse in the Fall.